Oh Valentine’s readers, how do I love you?
Let me count the ways.
1) is for the fact that though I haven’t written since the break-fast, you don’t judge me
2) is for the fact that whether you judge me or not, I’m cool with me
3) is for the fact that… I don’t know. I’m hungry lol
Actually, I want to talk about wheat today. I have an appointment to get tested for Celiac’s disease next week. As I mentioned previously, the reason I wanted to do the juice fast was because I had some minor things that didn’t feel right and I wanted to detox my body. So during the prefast, fast and break-fast – I was gluten-free for about a week and decided to experiment and extend that a little further. I was gluten free for about two weeks and not only did some of the minor medical issues go away, but other things that I didn’t expect happened too – for instance, I’ve had chronically congested sinuses FOR-EV-ER. I mean really, forever. I took Claritin once like 12 years ago, and that was the only time I ever felt relief. But I didn’t take it again because I didn’t like the way that the side effects made me feel. Well, after about a week and a half of being wheat gluten-free, my nose started running and my sinuses cleared up in a way I have never experienced since taking Claritin that one time over a decade ago. Seriously. I kid you not.
When I ate some cake on a Saturday night (okay, I actually ate a piece of cake and not one but TWO cupcakes – I totally forgot cake contains flour, DUH) and let me tell you – I felt it the next day. For the next few days I felt like I had been hit by a truck. My sinuses stuffed up again and my digestive issues came back.
So, I’m starting to believe I’ve got an allergy/intolerance to wheat gluten. Yippee! I did some research. on this and all signs are pointing to it. Sources also indicate that if you think you have an intolerance you should be tested for Celiac’s right away before embarking on a gluten-free diet (just because you might have an intolerance or allergy to wheat doesn’t mean that you have Celiac’s disease) so the test will detect anti-bodies that indicate Celiac. If you’re gluten-free, your body isn’t having an adverse reaction therefore rendering the test useless, even if you have the disease.
This, my friends, is a game changer. Even if it’s just an intolerance – it means drastic changes so that I can still feel my best. Bread, pasta, cereals, my famous hippie salad, nearly anything whole grain, pretzels & beer for crying out loud! I know it may not seem like a lot, but you have no idea how much stuff has wheat gluten in it! The good news is that nutrition label rules have made it easier to identify those products, but you have to be even more conscious of what you’re putting in your mouth than if you’re just restricting calories for weight loss.
It also makes me think, how recent is this development? I’ve been having certain acute issues since October or so, but when did this really start? How long have my body & brain been feeling like this and I didn’t even recognize it? How long has this been just normal to me?
The good news is that though conflicting information exists about the safety of Scotch and Bourbon, the general consensus is that these alcohols are okay except for very severe cases of Celiac, where sufferers are extremely sensitive. I’ve given up the beer for moderate amounts of this booze long ago. PHEW!
Interesting developments, lately, despite my relative digital silence (life is happening, I’d rather be busy than bored). I’ll keep you posted.